Former Eastender Jan Graveson was among the star turns as more than 8,000 people gathered for a major Goan festival in Cranford.

The actress and singer, who played runaway teen Disa O'Brien in the BBC soap, appeared on stage at the UK Goan Festival London, held at Cranford Community College on Sunday (July 27).

She was joined at the festival, which has been running for more than 20 years, by acts including Raising Steam and DJs Kim and Jerzzy.

Screams from thrill-seekers on fairground rides mingled with the aromas of traditional Goan cuisine wafting through the air at the event, which has been at its current venue for the last four years.

 

MP Keith Vaz was among the crowds at the event, which began with a huge open-air mass.

Ravi Vaz, president of the Goan Association (UK) which organised the festival, said it was a huge success and would be back next year.